New Ferretti 960 will top the range and be launched in the spring

Ferretti has released the first picture of its new 960 flagship, due to be launched in the spring.

The 960 will be the largest recreational plaining boat ever built by Ferretti Yachts, taking over from the 881 at the top of the yard’s tree.

It is the first Ferretti planing boat to feature five large cabins, four guest suites on the lower deck and a master cabin forward on the main deck. There are also three cabins for the boat’s crew.

The arcing windows on the main deck should ensure there’s plenty of natural light inside the boat, with the windows at the forward end supplying light and no doubt lovely views to the master suite.

The dips in the bulwarks line up with the 12 person dining area so that views out over the water are as clear as possible.

The biggest piece of innovation comes at the stern where Ferretti has done its best to create a beach club by the sea. It has worked a pair of cushions in to the tender garage door and the middle section of the bathing platform raises and lowers so the (up to 4.5m) tender can be floated in to the tender garage and winched in.

The main helm station on the 960 is found in the raised pilot house, which is great for the skipper but it does look awkward, especially in comparison to Ferretti’s smooth and stylish recent designs.

Thanks to the tender garage the aft end of the flybridge is left totally devoid of water toys and can therefore be used solely for lying around in the sun.

All three engine options come from MTU, the standard 2,218hp lumps producing 27.5 knots flat out and the full blooded, fire breathing twin 2,628hp version will hit 31 knots at full speed.

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